Five years on, Scarlett Keeling case in limbo

Last Updated: Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 23:48

Panaji: A lawyer running the campaign to get justice for the murder of British teenage girl Scarlett Eden Keeling feels that justice is being denied to the victim even though the Delhi gang-rape case has set the stage for speedy disposal of such cases.

Scarlett was raped and murdered in Goa in 2008.

"To my mind, justice needs to be delivered in a reasonable time. To those heading the CBI, that reasonable time seems like a decade and not a year," Vikram Varma who has represented Scarlett`s mother Fiona Mackeown told PTI.

He said the case was still being tried in Goa Children`s Court, even five years after the bruised semi-nude body of the girl washed ashore on Anjuna beach.

The CBI, which was handed over the investigations from local police, has chargesheeted two accused for murder and sexual abuse of the Britisher.

"No court is empowered to try a case all by itself. It has to be assisted by the prosecution and the defence. Unless adequate energy in terms of minds and finance is provided into the prosecution, we have seen that conclusions are reached in decades and not years," Varma said.

He said the CBI seems to be in content with lengthy time frame as the case is not progressing.

"The Delhi gang-rape case has shown that the state has the machinery to record, investigate, arrest and prosecute in such crimes within 60 days. The standards have been set," the counsel said referring to the brutal gang-rape cum murder of a paramedic student in Delhi last year.

He said the CBI seems to be in content with lengthy time frame as the case is not progressing.

"The Delhi gang-rape case has shown that the state has the machinery to record, investigate, arrest and prosecute in such crimes within 60 days. The standards have been set," the counsel said referring to the brutal gang-rape cum murder of a paramedic student in Delhi last year.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 23:47

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